A portion of Gless Street in Boyle Heights remained closed to traffic Wednesday morning as investigators continued to search for a man who exchanged gunfire with police Tuesday night.

The incident at about 10 pm near 1st and Gless Streets brought heavy police presence to the neighborhood, including SWAT and K9 units. It was reported in the Los Angeles Police Department’s Twitter account, which was updated through the investigation.

According to the long Twitter thread, “Hollenbeck officers were in the area when they attempted to stop a pedestrian. There was an exchange of gunfire and the suspect, described as a male Hispanic, ran from the officers.”

A perimeter was established from 1st to 4th Street and Utah to Pecan and drivers and residents were told to avoid these areas. The search for the suspect was concluded around 3:30 a.m. The suspect remained at large but police said the investigations is ongoing and officers are actively working to locate him.

During part of the “major police incident,” as described by LAPD, service on the Metro Gold Line between Mariachi Plaza and Little Tokyo stations was suspended.

Police said an officer sustained a minor injury during the incident, but not as a result of gun fire. Gless between 1st and 3rd remained close for several hours on Wednesday in order for investigators to collect evidence. 

It was not immediately disclosed why officers attempted to stop the pedestrian, and it was unclear if the suspect was struck by officers in the exchange of gunfire. 

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Jacqueline Ramírez

Jacqueline Ramírez is a former reporter and recent graduate from Mount Saint Mary’s University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and New Media. She enjoys sharing the art of storytelling...

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